El Inglés y las artes de la palabra

El viernes, 6 de marzo de 2015 estaré ofreciendo una ponencia titulada “El Inglés y las artes de la palabra” en la conferencia Artes: Evolución en el Mundo. La conferencia se celebrará en el Anfiteatro de Celis (C-116) de 9:00 a 12:00 pm. Mi presentación debe de ser después de las 10:30 am.

A continuación está el Prezi que utilizaré para la ponencia.

Amplía tus Horizontes: Internados, Becas e Intercambios

El jueves 5 de febrero de 2015 estaré ofreciendo una orientación a estudiantes del Departamento de Humanidades acerca de oportunidades para internados, becas e internados en los Estados Unidos y alrededor del mundo. Conversaremos acerca de programas de internados pagos que le ayudarán a desarrollar destrezas importantes en el desarrollo profesional de humanistas del siglo 21.

Internados

Becas

Intercambios Internacionales

La orientación será de 10:30 a 12:00 en CH 121.

Ve el cartel.

Summer Internship Orientation

I recently gave an orientation to UPRM students on paid Summer internships at Library of Congress, the National Archives, developing marketable 21st century skills, including the Digital Humanities, and funding opportunities. The resource with links to selected resources is available in the English Department website.

Here’s the introductory slideshow, a little meme-powered rant:

Welcome 2014 English Majors

 

Welcome to the English Department at UPRM!

You are in a rich environment to cultivate yourselves into the professionals you will eventually become. Our faculty and curriculum will provide you with access to knowledge you will need to become a professional and leader in whatever career path you choose.

During your development as English Majors you will begin to make choices that shape your trajectory and unlock opportunities unique to each career path. Some of these choices are within the curriculum, such as track (literature, linguistics, and professional writing) and some are add-ons, such as Teaching or Film Certificates.

Think about opportunities beyond your coursework and what they can do for your development by enhancing your skill set. I’m talking about internships, research opportunities, and travel.

There are four important opportunities for English Majors to aim and apply for.

There are also local internship opportunities that may provide you with valuable skills and experience. While these are unpaid, you can earn credit by taking INTD 4995 for 3 credits, which would fulfill a free or recommended elective. This course allows you to take from 1-9 credits and each credit hour would entail 3 hours of work per week, so 3 credits would be 9 hours per week. These opportunities will be announced as they arise and can involve editorial work, research, digital humanities work, and more.

More importantly, these unpaid internships enhance your opportunity of getting scholarships, paid internships, admission into graduate programs, and jobs.

But that’s in your future. For now, focus on building a solid foundation for your future accomplishments. Get to know your university and department, and allow yourselves to discover your path– here with us and beyond.

New Digital Genres: Writing for Social Media

Morpheus meme - Digital Genre

On Saturday, May 24, 2014 I’ll be offering a workshop at the Southern PR TESOL conference titled “New Digital Genres: Writing for Social Media.”

This workshop will focus on teaching writing in genres developed in and for social media, such as memes, micro-narratives, Twitter fictions, netprov, and others. Participants should have Twitter accounts set up before the workshop to dedicate time to creating works in these new digital genres that favor wit, compression, and are designed for sharing.

Access the workshop document here.

E-Poetry 2014 Intensive: The Poetics of It

I am pleased to announce that on March 20 – 22, 2014, the UPRM will be hosting the E-Poetry 2014 Intensive, titled “The Poetics of It.” This is the second mini-conference of its kind, organized by Loss Pequeño Glazier, to bring together a small, hand-picked group of participants to have a productive and intensive conversation on their proposed research topics.

Having participated in the first Intensive (May 2012 in Buffalo), I can attest to the benefits of sharing your research with a group of experts in the field and receiving their feedback in a format that is less rushed than the traditional academic conference.

Members of the UPRM community are invited to join us and participate in the event, especially in the public opening, which will feature lightning talks from the participants, providing a sampler of the ideas to be presented more expansively in the Intensive.

“Making Digital: The Poetics of It”

Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 10:30 – 12:00 – Celis 010

Here’s a copy of the complete program. Hope to see you there!

E-Poetry 2014 Intensive PROGRAM

Scripting the Reader in Electronic Literature – An ASA Roundtable

I’m pleased to announce that they have accepted our proposal to present at the next American Studies Association (ASA) Convention, which will take place on November 6-9, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Here’s some information.

  • Title: Digital Humanities Caucus: Scripting the Reader in Electronic Literature
  • Format: Roundtable Discussion
  • Keywords: digital humanities, electronic literature
  • Participants: Leonardo Flores (chair), Mauro Carassai, Jeff Knowlton, Jeremy Hight, Brian Kim Stefans, Jody Zellen, Samantha Gorman, A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz.

How do writers of electronic literature design, control, cast, or otherwise shape their readers’ experience and interaction? Do they reward certain choices and punish others? Do they design virtual environments with a psychogeography that influences their readers’ dérive? Is fun used as a mechanism for control in a scripted interaction?

This scholar and artist roundtable will examine multiple approaches to constructing, scripting, and controlling ideal readers of works of electronic literature. In Cybertext (1997), Espen Aarseth coined the terms cybertext to refer to works with feedback loops that allowed them to respond to reader input and ergodic to refer to works that required “non-trivial interaction to traverse.” This panel is concerned with ways in which writers, artists, programmers cast the reader’s role in their cybertexts and their strategies for creating meaningfully ergodic e-literature.

  • Leonardo Flores will begin the panel by providing an overview of the reader’s role in e-literary genres, using concepts from Espen Aarseth, Guy Debord, and others as key components in a theoretical framework for interaction.
  • Samantha Gorman’s talk will be about “Rhythms of Attention” in crafting reader/writer edits in cinematic works of expanded textuality. What is the balance between how the reader directs “cuts” vs. the illusion of control established by the author. The novel Pry (http://prynovella.com) will be presented as her practice-based research model for integrating and exploring reader vs. author rhythms of attention.
  • Brian Kim Stefans’ talk is titled “Establishing and Dispelling Ground in E-literature.” The concept of “ground” is important to many fields, including linguistics, philosophy, cognitive studies, film studies, graphic design, poetics and of course the visual arts. After describing “ground,” he’ll discuss his work “Scriptor,” an environment that enables the animation of every element of an individually crafted letterform (as opposed the manipulation of standard fonts).
  • A. J. Patrick Liszkiewicz – This talk will explore the “lusory attitudes” (i.e. playfulness) of electronic literature readers. While Bernard Suits used this concept specifically to discuss games, A. J. will apply it more broadly to his own work, to argue that readers of electronic literature only ever abdicate some control, and only need to follow the rules insofar as those rules facilitate playful experiences.
  • Jody Zellen will talk about the relationship between the public and private viewing experiences of installation based works vs net art and mobile apps using personal projects as well as curatorial ideas as examples. The projects she will discuss include web projects “Spine Sonnet” and “Without A Trace” and mobile apps “4 Square,” “Urban Rhythms,” and “Spine Sonnet.”
  • Jeremy Hight’s talk will be about the history of experimental digital literature in relation to space in physical and textual spaces and will range from 34 north 118 west to his work in augmented reality poetry and upcoming narratives running on quantum mechanics.
  • Jeff Knowlton – “Writing in Langue vs. Parole,” or, scripting space and the reader’s movement as they construct meaning in the urban landscape while retaining agency in a structure not of their own making.
  • Mauro Carassai will address reading in digital environments from a philosophical perspective and illustrate how, from the point of view of Ordinary Language Philosophy, e-literary works often encourage users to engage in unusual “language-games” that recast reading into aspect-seeing, critical play, or full body gesturing.

Each panelist will present in 5-7 minutes. For brief bios on the participants, read the complete proposal document.

Thank you Susan Garfinkel for encouraging us to apply as part of the Digital Humanities Caucus.

Teaching Poetry in an Age of Digital Media

Screen Shot 2014-01-30 at 10.21.58 AMThis presentation is designed for the Teaching Assistants at UPRM, delivered on January 30, 2014. The presentation is full of links to resources, including slideshows and Prezis for previous talks, so I encourage readers to zoom a bit beyond the presentation slide to access the links available in almost every slide. The prezi is embedded below. Share and enjoy!